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UprootedHow Breslau Became Wroclaw during the Century of Expulsions$
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Gregor Thum

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691140247

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691140247.001.0001

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The Impermanence Syndrome

The Impermanence Syndrome

(p.171) Chapter Five The Impermanence Syndrome

Gregor Thum

, Tom Lampert, Allison Brown, W. Martin, Jasper Tilbury
Princeton University Press

This chapter begins with Joanna Konopinka's account of her arrival in Wroclaw. Her words illustrate vividly the enormous discrepancy between the actual experiences of Polish settlers and the patriotic appeals of the government, which spoke of the western territories as ancient Polish soil, a land of milk and honey that was to be resettled after centuries and that promised prosperity to all comers. Polish settlers arriving in the western territories were initially struck by a strong sense of foreignness. The land was foreign, and so were the people they met there, Germans and Poles alike. The settlers had left behind the familiarity of their homes and social surroundings only to find themselves in a kind of no man's land that no longer appeared to belong to Germany but was not yet a part of Poland.

Keywords:   Joanna Konopinka, Wroclaw, Polish settlers, patriotic appeals, western territories, foreignness, Germans, Poles

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